Friday Morning Nuggets – 17/12/21

A gentle reminder that you can still grab the brand spanking new, fully revised edition of Premier League Nuggets in time for Christmas either in shops or online so hurry while stocks last.

  1. Norwich have scored only eight goals in seventeen matches so far this season, adding in the two goals they scored in their last 13 matches of the 2019/20 season means their last ten goals have come in thirty matches. Only twice in those 30 matches have they scored more than one goal – consecutive 2-1 wins over Brentford and Southampton last month.
  2. Leeds’ 7-0 hammering at The Etihad on Tuesday was their worst ever Premier League defeat, eclipsing their 6-1 loss to Portsmouth on 8 November 2003 when they were relegated. More encouraging for Leeds is the fact that the club which has suffered the worst defeat of the season (which they currently share with Norwich) has been relegated only three times out of the last seventeen since 2004/05.
  3. Manchester City’s win was the 33rd of this calendar year equalling the record held by Liverpool in 2019. They have three more matches to beat the record starting away at Newcastle this weekend, then Leicester at home on Boxing Day and Brentford away on 29th. Their clean sheet against Leeds also means they have not conceded a goal at home to a non-London club in the Premier League since losing 2-1 to Leeds on 10 April.
  4. Brighton’s 1-0 loss to Wolves extends their winless run to eleven matches, which is not only their worst run in the Premier League eclipsing the three nine-match winless runs in 2018/19, 2019/20 & 2020/21 but also the longest run without a win in all major European top flight divisions.
  5. Jordan Ayew’s equaliser against Southampton was his first goal since 7 November 2020 when he scored the fourth in a 4-1 win against Leeds – over 13 months ago, a run of 43 goalless Premier League matches.
  6. Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Newcastle was the 27th consecutive Premier League match in which they have scored; they are only halfway to matching the record held by Arsenal of 55 between May 2001 and November 2002.
  7. In last night’s game at Anfield, James Milner came on for his 166th substitute appearance against one of his former clubs. When Milner broke the previous record of 158 held by Peter Crouch for the most sub appearances in April it was also against Newcastle.

Published by richardfoster60

Author, broadcaster, historian, journalist. A regular contributor to the Guardian, Sky Sports and talkSPORT, my latest book is highly acclaimed Premier League Nuggets - "brilliantly written" - Darren Fletcher, "I love Premier League Nuggets" - Guy Mowbray, "the book is a labour of love" - Peter Drury.

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